A woman who is barmy about vegan sausage rolls has made it her mission to eat her favourite calorific snack in every Greggs in the country.
Mairead Sheehan, 26, from Salisbury, fell in love with the non-meat based treat when they were launched by the bakery chain earlier this year.
The vegetarian started her sausage roll binge when she visited Newcastle-upon-Tyne in September and couldn’t believe how many Greggs branches were on every street.
And after snapping pictures with her favourite snack outside every one of them, she realised her pals found it hilarious – and even set up an Instagram page to post the evidence.
‘The plan now is to go to every Greggs in the country,’ Mairead said. ‘My favourite from Greggs is definitely the vegan sausage roll- I love them.’
Mairead Sheehan, 26, from Salisbury, vowed to visit every Greggs in the UK after she fell in love with their vegan sausage rolls (pictured in front of Greggs in Newcastle upon Tyne)
Mairead, who’s been vegetarian all her life, said she was ‘in heaven’ the day she tasted a vegan sausage roll at Greggs for the first time (pictured with her friend Yaz in Greggs in Beaconfield)
The young woman has already visited 50 Gregg shops around the country but wants to visit them all. Pictured: Holding two vegan sausage rolls in front of a Greggs shop in Newcastle
Now, Mairead has hundreds of people commenting on the snaps – and she’s made it her mission to visit every single one of the chain’s 1,764 bakeries.
‘I started posting the pictures on Instagram and my friends thought it was hilarious – then strangers started commenting,’ she explained.
‘I’ve been to more than 50 stores so far, but I’m planning to add a lot more to my total by visiting some big cities and going on multiple Greggs visits in one day.
Mairead has been a vegetarian her whole life and has never eaten meat. Her parents are vegetarian, so she was brought up like it and chose to continue being veggie.
What started as a joke with friends turned into an Instagram sensation when Mairead shared pictures of herself online. Pictured in front of Greggs in Beaconsfield
There are 1,764 Greggs bakeries in the UK and Mairead (pictured with a vegan sausage roll) wants to visit them all
The 26-year-old (in front of Greggs Kentish Town) has made an art of taking pictures in front of Greggs bakeries
Speaking of the moment Greggs brought out the Vegan Sausage roll, she explained:
‘I was in heaven. There are all sorts of places that do vegetarian junk food but for me it’s always been a novelty – my friends were getting a sausage roll when hungover and I couldn’t do that.’
She added: ‘I was always quite jealous because it’s so quick and easy and it’s only £1- being a vegetarian is so much more expensive, you have to find alternatives and different places to eat.’
Mairead recalls going on holiday and having to eat only nachos and pizza for two weeks.
‘So vegan sausage roll and cloudy lemonade is my go-to at Greggs, it’s my combo,’ she said.
Vegetarian Mairead (pictured of front of Greggs in Kingston) said she was always jealous of her friends when they bought a sausage roll at Greggs
Mairead said her favourite is in Salisbury, near where she lives – and admitted it had become her ‘hangover spot’ (pictured)
When she first tried a Greggs vegan sausage roll in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, Mairead’s mind was blown
Mairead was visiting Newcastle for the weekend in September last year, when she realised she was in the ‘Greggs capital’.
She then started taking photos in front of every Greggs she walked past – and visited each one for a snack.
‘I was blown away by how many Greggs there were in Newcastle – then I started looking into it and found out the original Greggs is from here and that’s how it started,’ she said,
‘I took the first picture and then I couldn’t believe how many there are so I took a picture in front of all of them.’
Discussing her favourite of the bakeries, she continued: ‘My favourite one is a Greggs in Salisbury, close to where I live, there is a bench outside – it’s my hangover spot when I go home.’
‘My friends think it’s probably the most hilarious thing I’ve ever done in my life. But now I’m on a mission.’
The Greggs enthusiast realised that Newcastle was the Greggs capital of the country and discovered the first bakery was from there, which kick-started her mission of visiting every branch in the country
Mairead said her friends thought this was the most hilarious thing she’s ever done (pictured in front of a Greggs in Newcastle upon Tyne)
Mairead won’t rest until she’s visited every single Greggs in the country, and has already visited 50 of them since September. Pictured in Wimbledon
Upon realising how many Greggs there were in Newcastle, the young woman decided to take a picture in every one of them